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December 2018

3rd – 21st December, 2018
There is Only love: Sadhbh O Neill and San Gaines
Scariff Library Gallery

Scariff Library Gallery presents "There is Only Love" a Visual Art Exhibition by Sam Gaines and Sadhbh O Neill.

Twenty years ago Sam Gaines was diagnosed with MS. Both his life and that of his partner Sadhbh changed forever. This exhibition is a visual and written journal of their lives over the past year. It is a story about shinning in the face of adversity and living life to the fullest, while at the same time being present and authentic to all the challenges that serious illness and full time caring brings with it.
"There is Only Love" was originally created as part of National Palliative Care Week for Milford Care Centre in Limerick. Both Sam Gaines and Sadhbh O Neill are both artists, Sam is a painter and Sadhbh is a sculptor and they have experienced first-hand how creativity has healed, given meaning and purpose to our lives. Being creative is their response and light through dark times. It is their way of holding both the beauty and terror of it all. The exhibition runs from the 3rd – 21st of December, it is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information on Sam and Sadhbh:

Wednesday, 5th December 2018
Jeune Femme
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

This is a 2017 Film. It is 98 minutes. Subtitled. Club cert. Broke, with nothing but her cat to her name and doors closing in her face, Paula is back in Paris after a long absence. As she meets different people along the way, there is one thing she knows for sure: she’s determined to make a new start – and she’ll do it with style and panache. Director Léonor Serraille deservedly scooped the Camera d’Or prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for this debut feature. Jeune Femme impresses with it sheer vivacity and the powerhouse central performance of actress Laetitia Dosch as Paula provides the wild heart of the film. This is cinema that is funny, moving and hugely invigorating. Film starts 7.30pm. Tickets €5, seniors €4. Booking 065 9060769 or online at

Friday, 7th December 2018
Polar Express
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

Film is 100 minutes long. U cert. Chris Van Allsburg’s enchanting story The Polar Express is about a doubting boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to The North Pole on Christmas Eve. In 2001 the book caught the attention of acclaimed actor (and father of four) Tom Hanks. He showed the book to his friend and colleague, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis. The Oscar-winning pair previously explored issues of the human spirit together in Forrest Gump and Cast Away. The resulting film has become on the Yule Tide favourites. Film starts 6.30pm. Tickets €4. Family of 4 €15. Booking 065 9060769 or online at

Wednesday, 12th December 2018
Connect - Yarn Evenings
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

Yarn Evenings are a monthly social get together, where everyone is welcome and where stories are shared, voices are heard and plans are made. These evenings will facilitate an opportunity to bring communities together in the sharing of knowledge and stories. The evenings will be led by Zara Starr, actor and theatre maker with The Unlimited Dream Machine Theatre Company (The UDM). Zara will engage in a six month Participatory Art residency from October 2018 – March 2019, seeking out potential collaborators and planning artistic responses to the West Clare environment through workshops, research and meetings with the community, history and architecture of this region. No booking required. Everyone welcome. Starts 7.30pm

Friday, 14th December 2018
Arthur Christmas
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

2011 film, 97 mins, G Cert. How CAN Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole! So how could this incredible operation have MISSED one child?! To Santa’s young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out in a crazy mission to deliver the last present! Deck the halls with excitement, fun and wonder in this new Christmas classic! Film starts 6.30pm. Tickets €4, Family of 4 €15. Booking 065 9060769 or online at

Saturday, 15th December 2018
Ryan O’ Shaughnessy
Cultúrlann Sweeney Kilkee

Dublin born Ryan O’Shaughnessy represented Ireland this year at The Eurovision Song Contest giving us our best result in over six years. Ryan arrived into a musical family in 1992. It soon became apparent that his love and panache for music was equaled with acting also. So its no surprise that when he turned 8 years of age Ryan landed the role to play the character Mark Halpin in RTE’s long running TV soap Fair City, a role in which he claimed for almost a decade. Having spent his teen years on the Irish screens, it was when he turned 17 that musicality became a priority and he left the hit TV soap to begin a career in music. While studying at renowned Music College BIMM Dublin as a songwriter in 2012, Ryan began honing in his songwriting skillset. He went on to compete in TV shows such as The Voice of Ireland, Britain’s Got Talent & The Hit. During this time, Ryan’s self-penned song ‘No Name’ accumulated over 45 million hits on YouTube. He was then signed to Sony RCA in the UK, where he worked on his debut EP that reached No.1 in Ireland for 2 consecutive months. As well as writing and working for different publishing companies and studios, O’Shaughnessy has toured Ireland, the UK, USA and Canada. Releasing his own music and collaborations with other artists through his recording label ‘Bayview Records’. His latest album ‘Back to Square One’ shows a clear maturity in his songwriting and musical taste. Show starts 8pm. Tickets €12, under 18's €10. Booking 065 9060769 or online at


Wednesday, 19th December 2018
Embrace Christmas Concert
Cois na hAbhna, Ennis, County Clare - 12.30 pm

Join participants of the Clare Arts Office Embrace for Arts Programme as they showcase and dazzle you with their music, song and dance acts. This years show features a theatre piece from the Dulick Drama Theatre Group. A great Community event not to be missed and all are welcome!

See for events at Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis
See for events at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan
See for courses at O'Neill's Burren Painting Centre, Lisdoonvarna
See and for courses at Art at the Park, Killanena

See also: Events Calendar 2017, Events Calendar 2016, Events Calendar 2015, Events Calendar 2014,

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